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    Marbled Gecko Care?

    Today we got a Marbled Gecko (complete with 25g enclosure) from a friend who is moving due to a family emergency.



    He's two years old and his name is 'Goo'

    I am just looking for some info as to their general care. I don't think the lighting is right for him (no UVB or basking bulb, it's an aquarium-type CFL) but I'm still reading up on them. I added a water dish to help increase the humidity and add some "flare" to the tank. He has a heat pad and the substrate is peat moss.

    Anyways, any pointers or links to good websites would be appreciated!

    It was one of those split decision things, as he needed a home and we couldn't help but think how many dumbasses would just leave him and not really research/care much about his well being.






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    Re: Marbled Gecko Care?

    Never heard of a marbled gecko before. It looks like an alien lol reminds me of those silkback bearded dragons.

    Anyways congrats on your cool new gecko, and good luck finding some solid info.
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    Re: Marbled Gecko Care?

    Thanks for the reply and for the luck - I will need it!
    I can't find much solid info at all on these guys!
    But I am doing the best I can with what I do know and he seems to be doing quite well.

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    Re: Marbled Gecko Care?

    Search under the scientific name christinus mamoratus
    You'll find more info that way.
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    Re: Marbled Gecko Care?

    I did try that, but I still seem to be getting some conflicting information.
    Such as proper humidity levels, that's a main one I am noticing.
    Some say they need low humidity, others say high. I've kept it kinda in the middle and he seems to be doing well.

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    Re: Marbled Gecko Care?

    Find out what their native habitat is/where they come from. That may give you a better idea as to what kind of humidity they should be kept at.
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    Re: Marbled Gecko Care?

    They are from southern Australia, I found a care sheet on them, I've looked around and this seems to be what the majority is saying.
    Marbled Gecko Care Sheet
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    Re: Marbled Gecko Care?

    Thanks for the info everyone!

    However, I am starting to wonder if he even is a Marbled Gecko.... Every resource I have found says they are about 50-70mm from snout to vent, I am not sure if that is correct but Goo is quite a bit larger than that.

    I took this first photo to show how big he is and a few others to show his features.










    I also wanted to mention, he changes tones to match the background he is on. I don't know if that is an indicator of species or not (can't seem to find much on it in regards to MGs) but I think it's pretty cool. As you can see comparing these photos to the first one of him I posted, when he is on the log he changes to a dark brown tone. When on the glass he changes to a light yellowish-tan type of tone.

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    Re: Marbled Gecko Care?

    From my reading, it says they only get about 8 inches! 50-70cm would be huge larger than a bearded dragon
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    Re: Marbled Gecko Care?

    No, I said 50-70mm! Hahaha

    Which is about 1-2 inches. Seems small to me... Especialy considering most sources say they're about 8" full grown. As shown above, Goo is about 4" from snout to vent and is about 7-8" with his tail.

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